International Day of the Girl Child observed in Lang Son
(LSO) – “Promoting gender equality to contribute to reducing sex imbalance at birth” was the theme of a meeting held in Lang Son province on October 8 to mark the International Day of the Girl Child (October 11).
The event, organized by the General Office for Population and Family Planning under the Health Ministry and the province’s steering committee for population and family planning, was attended by Duong Xuan Huyen, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee and head of the provincial steering committee for population and family planning; and Nguyen Ngoc Lan, deputy head of the General Office for Population and Family Planning under the Health Ministry.
Delegates at the meeting in response to International Day of the Girl Child
Representatives of the Health Departments and population and family planning divisions of 17 northern cities and provinces, along with more than 1,000 local students were also present at the meeting.
A total of 55 out of 63 cities and provinces nationwide have reported high sex imbalance at birth (more than 108 boys/100 girls). With a ratio of 116.3/100 in 2018, Lang Son is one of the ten localities recording the highest sex imbalance at birth. The problem occurs in most of cities and districts in the province, especially Lang Son city, and Huu Lung, Chi Lang and Loc Binh districts.
Nguyen Ngoc Lan, deputy head of the General Office for Population and Family Planning, speaks at the meeting
Speaking at the event, Lan said the key solution to sex imbalance at birth is stepping up efforts to promote gender equality, improving the position of women and girls, intensifying communication work in order to raise public awareness of this issue, and promoting the involvement of men in ensuring gender equality.
In his remarks, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Huyen called for the participation of people of all social strata in the gender equality campaign.
To address the problem of sex imbalance at birth, the most important solution is enhancing information and education work in order to change the awareness and behaviour of the public, he said.
Duong Xuan Huyen, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, speaks at the meeting
The official also stressed the engagement of the entire political system to comprehensively and synchronously implement solutions, contributing to easing sex gender imbalance at birth in the locality.